Andy Taylor, guitarist with British New Romantic group Duran Duran on the peak of their fame, is battling stage 4 prostate most cancers.
The band made the announcement on Saturday as they had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame throughout a ceremony on the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.
Taylor, who didn’t be part of his former bandmates John Taylor, Simon Le Bon, Roger Taylor and Nick Rhodes on the Class of 2022 celebrations on account of ongoing remedy, wrote a letter to mark the event.
Within the observe, elements of which had been learn out by frontman Le Bon, Taylor disclosed that he had acquired his prognosis 4 years in the past and spoke of his delight at being inducted into the corridor of fame.
“There’s nothing that comes close to such recognition. You can dream about what happened to us but to experience it, on one’s own terms, as mates, was beyond incredible,” Taylor wrote within the message relayed by Le Bon.
Pertaining to his well being points, the 61-year-old Taylor added: “Many families have experienced the slow burn of this disease and of course, we are no different; so I speak from the perspective of a family man but with profound humility to the band, the greatest fans a group could have and this exceptional accolade.”
Taylor joined Duran Duran in April 1980 and left in 1986 to pursue a solo profession. He then rejoined in 2001 for a string of profitable concert events and their 2004 album “Astronaut” earlier than quitting once more in 2006.
Taylor stated he was “massively disappointed” to overlook the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame present, which was set to be his first time performing with the group in 16 years, and that he had “bought a new guitar” for the event.
“I’m so very proud of these four brothers, I’m amazed at their durability, and I’m overjoyed at accepting this award,” Taylor stated. “I often doubted the day would come. I’m sure as hell glad I’m around to see the day.”
Within the letter later shared in full on the band’s web site, Taylor stated his situation was incurable, however that he was receiving “sophisticated life-extending treatment” that had allowed him to “just rock on” till current occasions when he suffered a “setback.”
“Although my current condition is not immediately life-threatening there is no cure,” he stated.
In response to the American Most cancers Society, about one in eight males will likely be identified with prostate most cancers throughout his lifetime.
Reacting to Taylor’s well being replace on Saturday, Le Bon stated: “It is devastating news to know and find out that a colleague… Not a colleague, a mate, a friend, one of our family is not going to be around for very long. It’s absolutely devastating. We love Andy dearly and you know, I’m not going to stand here and cry. I don’t think that would be very appropriate but that’s what I feel like.”
Duran Duran shaped in 1978 and topped the US singles charts within the Nineteen Eighties with their hits “The Reflex” and “A View to a Kill.”